Pick a good model and stay with it, Henry Ford once said. No, he was t talking about cars; he was talking about marriage. Clara Bryant Ford's husband of fifty-nine years seems to have thought so. He called her The Believer, and indeed Clara's unwavering support of Henry's pursuits and her patient tolerance of the quirks and obsessions that accompanied her husband's genius made it possible for him to change the world. In telling the story of Clara Ford, author Ford Bryan also charts the course of the growing automobile industry and the life of the enigmatic man at its helm. But the book's heart is Clara herself - daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother; cook, gardener, and dancer; modest philanthropist and quiet role model. Clara is newly revealed in accounts and documents gleaned from personal papers, oral histories, and archival material never made public until w. These include receipts and recipes, diaries and genealogies, and more than 175 photographs.
Ford R. Bryan, who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, has written five books about Henry Ford, including The Fords of Dearborn, Henry's Lieutenants, Beyond the Model T, and Henry's Attic (all Wayne State University Press). He joined Ford Motor Company as a spectrochemical analyst. His yen for writing led him to the Ford Archives, where he found a gold mine of material about his own family and about his favorite subject, Henry Ford.